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 Posted:   Jul 2, 2010 - 4:07 AM   
 By:   CrazyQuark   (Member)

I'm pretty sure Spielberg did the Columbo episode first. I think Duel was pretty much the last thing he did for TV before making motion pictures.

When it comes to the music for the early Columbo-seasons, I agree that's awesome stuff and I would love to see a set for the scores as well. Very great and memorable stuff.

 
 Posted:   Jul 2, 2010 - 5:59 AM   
 By:   Bernd   (Member)

!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!JUST FOR FUN!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!


That's how it could look like ;-))))))

 
 
 Posted:   Jul 3, 2010 - 7:28 AM   
 By:   Graham S. Watt   (Member)

Hi again. Just wondering - I could have posted what I'm going to say on any number of current threads (the "70s SF TV Music" one, the "Unreleased Scores Wishlist" one etc), but this seems as good a place as any.

Forgive me if this has all been explained before, but what are the LEGAL reasons (if any) behind the lack of CD releases of things like COLUMBO? I know that Mr LaLaLand responded on another thread that KOLCHAK (music by Gil Mellé and Jerry Fielding) is a fan favourite which people keep requesting. I know that NIGHT GALLERY is another, with all those great scores by Mellé, Oliver Nelson, Billy Goldenberg etc. And if the story is that some studio "doesn't want" (?) those scores released, then how did the "themes" for KOLCHAK, NIGHT GALLERY, THE 6 MILLION DOLLAR MAN, THE BIONIC WOMAN etc etc etc all turn up on Volume 5 of "Television's Greatest Hits"?

Thanks in advance!

 
 
 Posted:   Jul 3, 2010 - 3:01 PM   
 By:   thedreamscene   (Member)

yeah Billy Goldenberg's scores from season one are some of my favorite television scores ever. Someone has actually posted a super rare promo lp that features his scores for Ransom For a Dead Man and some other films like Change of Habit on a blog. Its really great and the sound quality is really good as well. I would post a link but I'm not sure what the rules are regarding things like that.

 
 
 Posted:   Jul 3, 2010 - 9:11 PM   
 By:   Last Child   (Member)

yeah Billy Goldenberg's scores from season one are some of my favorite television scores ever. Someone has actually posted a super rare promo lp that features his scores for Ransom For a Dead Man and some other films like Change of Habit on a blog. Its really great and the sound quality is really good as well. I would post a link but I'm not sure what the rules are regarding things like that.

I dunno, but you might be able to offer to share the site info via email, but dont post specific websites here. someone will snitch and get the blog closed and downloads deleted.

 
 Posted:   Jul 4, 2010 - 7:23 AM   
 By:   Bernd   (Member)

Forgive me if this has all been explained before, but what are the LEGAL reasons (if any) behind the lack of CD releases of things like COLUMBO? I know that Mr LaLaLand responded on another thread that KOLCHAK (music by Gil Mellé and Jerry Fielding) is a fan favourite which people keep requesting. I know that NIGHT GALLERY is another, with all those great scores by Mellé, Oliver Nelson, Billy Goldenberg etc. And if the story is that some studio "doesn't want" (?) those scores released, then how did the "themes" for KOLCHAK, NIGHT GALLERY, THE 6 MILLION DOLLAR MAN, THE BIONIC WOMAN etc etc etc all turn up on Volume 5 of "Television's Greatest Hits"?

Thanks in advance!


That's an interesting question! I can't imagine, that the label's are't interested at all in releasing the Columbo scores. So the legal problem seems to be the most logical explanation ahy there's no such release yet.
This thread proves again, that there's a fanbase that would buy it.


 
 Posted:   Jul 4, 2010 - 7:31 AM   
 By:   Bernd   (Member)

This afternoon I watched "Prescription:Murder", one of the two pilot episodes.
Dave Grusin scored this TV movie from 1968. We are still in the 60's and there's no doubt about it, stylistically and of course musically.
Grusin did a great job establishing jazzy crime music which paved the way for the serie. The other composers took over with a similar approach but developed a certain style further when the scripts, Peter Falk and the directors found a distinctive voice for the show.

 
 Posted:   Jul 14, 2010 - 12:12 PM   
 By:   Jim Phelps   (Member)

Love Billy G's first-season scores but my favorite is Oliver Nelson's GREENHOUSE JUNGLE. Nelson's rhythmic, percussion and flute-infused music is so good in that early-seventies-TV-Movie kind of way. I can't help but listen in amazement to the end credits music arrangement, it's truly a thing of beauty. How he manages to have percussion in the forefront of that piece yet imbuing the whole proceedings with a sense of melancholy is wondrous. The episode itself is the usual Columbo-level entertainment, but the music is a fine example of a score that exceeds the material for which it's written.

 
 
 Posted:   Jul 14, 2010 - 4:15 PM   
 By:   filmusicnow   (Member)

I'm pretty sure Spielberg did the Columbo episode first. I think Duel was pretty much the last thing he did for TV before making motion pictures.

When it comes to the music for the early Columbo-seasons, I agree that's awesome stuff and I would love to see a set for the scores as well. Very great and memorable stuff.


I think "Duel" aired about two months after that episode of "Columbo" (directed by Spielberg) aired.

 
 Posted:   Jul 14, 2010 - 7:02 PM   
 By:   Yavar Moradi   (Member)

You know I think Greenhouse Jungle is my favorite too, as much as I like the other composers' work. Too bad Nelson only did the one score, but his music was tracked into other episodes later which didn't have original scores so it was part of the Columbo "sound".

Yavar

 
 Posted:   Jul 14, 2010 - 7:08 PM   
 By:   Eric Paddon   (Member)

Having Melle's S1 music would be a major Holy Grail found for me, because I really feel he was the only composer to try and come up with a theme that defined Columbo himself and should have remained there as a theme regardless of who else did an episode score.

 
 Posted:   Jul 14, 2010 - 8:02 PM   
 By:   davel   (Member)

smile I would order a CD(s) of music from Columbo without hesitation. New Columbo episodes were an anticipated highlight of my TV watching. smile

 
 
 Posted:   Jul 14, 2010 - 8:31 PM   
 By:   Ed Nassour   (Member)

Speaking of classic Universal TV series scores, can anyone guess who the conductor is in this photo taken on the newly remodeled Universal scoring stage circa late 1960s?

 
 Posted:   Jul 15, 2010 - 12:20 PM   
 By:   Mr. Marshall   (Member)

Billy Preston?
check out that 'fro!

ahahahahahaha!

 
 Posted:   Jul 15, 2010 - 3:41 PM   
 By:   Jim Phelps   (Member)

Last Summer I bought the rest of the '70s Columbos on DVD--seasons four and on--and while the quality was largely good, the best seasons, musically speaking, were the first three. After that the end credits were often "cutesy", though I'll admit to having a Conradian soft spot for the "Milo Janus" Calypso tune from "An Exercise in Fatality."

 
 
 Posted:   Jul 15, 2010 - 3:54 PM   
 By:   Ed Nassour   (Member)

Billy Preston?
check out that 'fro!

ahahahahahaha!


Funny!

Nope. Keep guessing.

Here's another shot taken inside the stage. The image of Liz and take from "Boom!" was added later. That film had a score by John Barry so this was staged for the camera. Plus, once a take was underway, they dimmed the overhead lights.

 
 Posted:   Jul 16, 2010 - 3:47 AM   
 By:   Jim Phelps   (Member)

Speaking of classic Universal TV series scores, can anyone guess who the conductor is in this photo taken on the newly remodeled Universal scoring stage circa late 1960s?


Gerald Fried?

 
 Posted:   Jul 16, 2010 - 7:45 AM   
 By:   Jim Phelps   (Member)

You know I think Greenhouse Jungle is my favorite too, as much as I like the other composers' work. Too bad Nelson only did the one score, but his music was tracked into other episodes later which didn't have original scores so it was part of the Columbo "sound".

Yavar


Have you heard Zig Zag? It's as large a helping of Oliver Nelson's film score work we're likely to get. Some of the "tinkling" piano music is reminscent of that heard in Greenhouse Jungle.

 
 Posted:   Jul 16, 2010 - 11:23 AM   
 By:   Yavar Moradi   (Member)

Yeah, Zig Zag is cool. I didn't grow up with the film like I did with Columbo, though, so it's not the same...

Yavar

 
 
 Posted:   Jul 16, 2010 - 1:03 PM   
 By:   haineshisway   (Member)

Hi again. Just wondering - I could have posted what I'm going to say on any number of current threads (the "70s SF TV Music" one, the "Unreleased Scores Wishlist" one etc), but this seems as good a place as any.

Forgive me if this has all been explained before, but what are the LEGAL reasons (if any) behind the lack of CD releases of things like COLUMBO? I know that Mr LaLaLand responded on another thread that KOLCHAK (music by Gil Mellé and Jerry Fielding) is a fan favourite which people keep requesting. I know that NIGHT GALLERY is another, with all those great scores by Mellé, Oliver Nelson, Billy Goldenberg etc. And if the story is that some studio "doesn't want" (?) those scores released, then how did the "themes" for KOLCHAK, NIGHT GALLERY, THE 6 MILLION DOLLAR MAN, THE BIONIC WOMAN etc etc etc all turn up on Volume 5 of "Television's Greatest Hits"?

Thanks in advance!


Because licensing one track (IF they're the originals, which I don't know that they are) is a lot different than licensing an entire score.

Furthermore, another "fan" favorite, the oft-requested and begged for Amazing Stories - three volumes of great scores by great composers on Intrada - ask them how many they're sitting on. I don't ever trust these "fan" favorites because the "fans" usually end up being a few hundred people, and that is not enough to justify the expense of doing these things.

How often have I read here the fact that there is virtually almost nothing by Billy Goldenberg available. So, based on that, I did a Billy Goldenberg - a really good Billy Goldenberg - Busting. Eventually we did sort of okay with it but it's taken a VERY long time for us and it's finally down to a fairly low number of copies. But where are all those people who needed to have some Goldenberg?

 
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